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Hypercar Round-Up: Part One, 2021 (Updated)

10 kg weight increase for hybrid LMH. Driver news for Glickenhaus and Signatech Alpine

2021

Toyota

Toyota’s planned three-day test at Motorland Aragon with the GR010 HYBRID was cancelled due to the onset of a highly unusual major snowfall across much of Spain.

The team will now programme a replacement test before the opening WEC race of the season at Portimao where the GR010 has already tested.

Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed in the technical specification for the GR010 that the weight of the car is quoted as 1040 kg, 10 kilos over the currently stated minimum weight.

DSC understands that the 1040kg level is set to be a revised minimum for hybrid-powered LMH cars, the additional weight added after early sim testing as the FIA/ ACO technical teams work towards a 2021 balance of performance.

That work is also believed to be tackling an apparent mismatch between the wear rates of the Michelin tyres on a four-wheel-drive hybrid Toyota and a rear-wheel-drive only Glickenhaus!

Glickenhaus

More from DSC’s recent catch-up with Jim Glickenhaus:

Friday will see the announcement of the remainder o the Glickenhaus race and development team drivers beyond the already announced Ryan Briscoe and Gustavo Menezes.

The same opportunity will also be taken to announce a “Major Sponsorship deal for The Baja 1000, The N24, The WEC, Le Mans, Paris to Dakar and all of our road legal vehicles”.   The inclusion of the road vehicles in that statement is a significant clue as to the general nature of the sponsor!

Jim also reported very positive dialogue with IMSA over the ongoing matter of whether LMH-spec cars will be able to enter IMSA events from 2023.

“All is good between us and IMSA and we look forward to racing our LMH under convergence,” he later commented on social media!

ByKolles

The class seems set at five cars with the decision by ByKolles not to enter for the season.

The Austrian team’s public stance is that they are unhappy about the level of entry fees for the full season and, whilst it is fair to say that there has been some background chatter on this matter it seems unlikely to be a sole barrier to entering a car that cannot currently be raced anywhere else.

Signatech Alpine

And as we posted this Signatech announced their 2021 driver trio – Lapierre, Vaxiviere and Nergrao, details here

Part Two tomorrow with a significant update on 2022 and some intriguing possibilities!